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New Tools “Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds – Panel”

Kevin Jarrett
Northfield, NJ, USA
Blog: http://www.storyofmysecondlife.com

Kevin is a K-4 Technology Facilitator at Northfield Community School in Northfield, NJ. He works closely with classroom teachers on engaging projects across the curriculum. Kevin also teaches online at Walden University’s Graduate School of Education. He has been exploring Second Life since March 2007 thanks to a $10,000 Faculty Excellence grant and expects to publish his findings in the fall.

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Sylvia Martinez
Torrance, CA, USA
Blog: http://blog.genyes.com/

Sylvia Martinez is president of Generation YES, working to empower students in K-12 schools through digital technology. Sylvia has designed educational games, curriculum, and online experiences for teachers and students. Sylvia speaks and writes on subjects such as the use of technology, simulations and games to enhance educational opportunities and enable youth voice.

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Presentation Title
“Second Life: K-20 Educators Exploring Virtual Worlds – Panel”

In a modest two-story home in one corner of the metaverse, a group of K-20 educators, bloggers and futurists has gathered to build a community devoted to exploring the educational implications of the multi-user virtual environment (M.U.V.E.) known as Second Life. This panel presentation will focus on the educational uses of Second Life and its implications for K-20 education. Utilizing Voicethread.com, this presentation will include voice- and text-annotated comments by the presenters as well as visitors, extending the conversation in ways other presentations simply cannot!

iPod ready
http://k12online.wm.edu/k20secondlife.mp4 (1:45:25 Run Time; mpeg4, 82.4MB)
Audio only
http://k12online.wm.edu/k20secondlife.mp3 (1:36:34 Run Time; mp3, 22.2 MB)

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  1. Kevin Jarrett

    This is great! So exciting! Woot!

    Please note: Sylvia and I would like to encourage everyone to use the original, live, dynamic version of this presentation:


    Mostly because the whole point of Voicethread is to have a conversation – that means we want to hear from YOU!

    It’s so easy to comment via text or audio; all you need is a free Voicethread.com account (the PRO version is FREE for K-12 educators!) That way, you can really experience this presentation to its fullest.

    We want to thank the K12Online folks for preparing the iPod-ready version, which is great, especially when/if the Voicethread service is slow or unavailable. Perhaps we could re-record another one in the future after more people have had a chance to join the conversation!

    Thanks again – hope you enjoy the presentation – and we will see you in Second Life! My avatar is KJ Hax, Sylvia’s is Kay Idziak.

    Have a great conference,


  2. Lucy Miller-Ganfield

    Outstanding presentation everyone! I tried Second Life about a year ago and was a bit confused of what to do, where to go, and how to use it for educational purposes. However, your presentation provided me with a better understanding of the learning resources, and opportunities available for professional collaboration.

    I provided a voice thread but I am not sure it recorded.

  3. Frank

    Absolutely wonderful, folks! Does anyone here see a limit to this technology?

    I couldn’t be more convinced that the assembly-line model of education handed down from John Dewey (and in fairness, it was relevant back then) is bankrupt.

    There are so many factors militating against it that it’s getting harder to identify an element where it’s got it right.

    Synchronous? High school classes beginning at 7:30AM? Heterogeneous grouping? Homogeneous grouping? Passing bells? Fixed curriculum? Grade levels, standardized testing and NCLB?

    Sure, there are vestiges of validity, but most students given a choice of sitting in class or alternative learning models rarely take too long to make up their minds.

    Unimpressed with on-line learning that derives as directly from the standard model as possible? Think you’ve seen a superior option?

    I do…


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